There are a lot of Alpine Vises out there and it can be confusing to know what the differences are between them. There are 4 main Toko Alpine Ski vises. They are Ski Vise Express, Ski Vise Race, Ski Vise World Cup, and Ski Vise Freeride. Here is a summary of these vises and their differences.
Ski Vise Express
This is a simple fixation device that accommodates all types of Alpine skis. The high grip rubber pads prevent the skis from slipping. The ski can be fixed base up, vertically sideways (90 degrees), or obliquely sideways (60 degrees) to accommodate all aspects of ski preparation. This is a two piece vise that does not have a clamp so keep in mind that this vise works with friction. If you want a ski vise with a clamp, you will need to get either the Ski Vise Race, Ski Vise World Cup, or the Ski Vise Freeride. The Ski Vise Express comes with 2 brake holders. MSRP $105.
Ski Vise Race
This is a 3 part Alpine ski vise. End pieces are not adjustable but the end pieces can be moved toward each other or farther apart to accommodate all ski lengths and shapes. The middle clamp opens up to 90mm. For skis that are wider than that, we recommend clamping onto the binding plate or onto the bindings themselves. The end pieces allow for fixing the ski at a 60 or 90 degree angle for side edge sharpening. This 3 part vise is an economy option to the Ski Vise World Cup. The Ski Vise Race comes with 2 brake holders. MSRP $170.
Ski Vise World Cup
This is a 3 part Alpine ski vise. End pieces’ height is adjustable and also offer the possibility of fixing the ski at a 60 or 90 degree angle for side edge sharpening. The center fixation clamp is 70mm wide to prevent any kind of movement during ski preparation. The clamp opens up to 100mm. Wider skis can be fixed by clamping the binding onto a binding plate or the bindings themselves. Comes with 2 brake holders. In addition to the height adjustability the end pieces can be moved together or farther apart to accommodate different length skis. This is our best 3 part vise overall. MSRP $220.
Ski Vise Freeride
This 3 part Alpine ski vise is specifically designed to secure very wide skis such as freeride, freestyle, or jumping skis. The end pieces can be moved toward each other or farther apart to accommodate all ski lengths and shapes. The middle clamp opens up to 155mm and can be clamped to sidewalls, binding plates, or bindings. The end pieces allow for fixing the ski at a 60 or 90 degree angle for side edge sharpening. The Ski Vise Freeride comes with 2 brake holders. MSRP $260.
Double Ski Vise
A great double vise for the home technician who is looking for a permanent vise solution or for the ski shop that needs one of the most versatile vise options on the market. The Toko Double Vise will fill all of any shops waxing and mounting needs. MSRP $770
Ski vises provide the platform from which you work on your skis’ bases and edges. Hopefully this overview was helpful in explaining the options available to you.